|Posted on March 21, 2017 at 10:20 AM||comments (0)|
Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, teams up with multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Wendy Sassafras Ramsay in this dynamic Americana duo. https://jeffreypepperrodgers.com/jeffrey-pepper-rodgers-and-wendy-ramsay-duo/" target="_blank">https://jeffreypepperrodgers.com/jeffrey-pepper-rodgers-and-wendy-ramsay-duo/
Rodgers, also the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, delivers masterful band-in-a-box guitar work while Ramsay, harmonizer extraordinaire, adds flute, clarinet, guitar, accordion, and her quirky originals to the mix.
Based in upstate New York, the two musicians collaborated on Rodgers’ latest album, Almost There, and performed with the full JPR Band in the Emerging Artist Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Now known as Pepper and Sassafras, the duo has quickly made a mark on the folk/roots scene. In 2016, they were selected as Best Duo finalist at FreshGrass and the New Voices winner at the Turtle Hill Folk Festival.
Yes indeedy... ~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~
For the bold, the intrepid, the masochistic...git right up and play us yer favorite song, as a Mystery Picker....just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me), and you'll be in the crosshairs...I mean...the spotlight.
|Posted on March 6, 2017 at 1:15 PM||comments (0)|
TUNES BY THE TRACKS, will be at the Clifton Springs library, Wednesday, March 15th.
Your hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are very pleased, to present our
~ ANDY COHEN ~
ANDY COHEN, http://www.andycohenmusic.com/ is a virtuoso finger-style guitarist, who has
been described as “a walking, talking folk-blues-roots music encyclopedia.”
He grew up in a home with a piano and lots of Dixieland Jazz
records. During the Sixties Folk Revival, he got hooked on the music
of Big Bill Broonzy and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. When Andy was 16, he heard South Carolina’s
Rev. Gary Davis perform and the effect on him was profound. He has devoted his life
to studying, performing, and promoting traditional blues and folk music of the pre World
War II era.
Andy toured with Martin, Bogan and Armstrong,John Jackson, Rev. Gary Davis, Brother
Daniel Womack, Rev. Dan Smith, Jim Brewer, and Honeyboy Edwards. He also worked
extensively with Walt and Ethel Phelps, Big Joe Duskin, Pigmeat Jarrett, Etta Baker, Big Boy
Henry, and Son Thomas.
Andy has helped to support a number of his mentors and younger players, by organizing
festivals and other venues for them to play in. Many of his students are now professional
touring musicians. The Country Blues says “One thing is for sure, the
boy can play. There are few people around today who had a chance to
pick it all up from the old generations, get this good at it and continue
to cherish and preserve the old traditions.” He has been assiduous in
sharing his expertise in classes, camps, and anywhere people are making
Andy Cohen has more than a dozen recordings to his credit, including
Oh Glory, How Happy I Am: The Sacred Songs of Rev. Gary Davis and
Andrew M. Cohen: Dolceola Favorites. An enthusiastic
proponent of the dolceola, Andy says he
“never leaves home without it.” Described by
some as a “miniature piano,” the dolceola has a
keyboard, but the strings are struck with wooden
At an Andy Cohen concert, expect to hear
blues rooted in Mississippi, the Piedmont, Memphis,
and Chicago, as well as some ragtime, gospel,
and original tunes.
...and, of course...
~ The Mystery Pickers ~ will keep our ferocious momentum rolling, during the second half of the evening. We encourage you to try...so polish up yer favorite song, and let Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me) know...and faster than a speeding bullet...you'll be, a Mystery Picker.
|Posted on February 23, 2017 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
Tullamore Celtic Band, http://tullamorecelticband.com/ is an acoustic Irish trio based in Rochester, New York and named after the town of Tullamore which is located near the heart and geographical center of Ireland and famous for its beautiful countryside, rich cultural heritage and superb single malt whiskey, Tullamore Dew.
Featuring Terry O'Toole (guitar, penny whistle, concertina, bodhran, banjo & vocals), Brian Coughlin (flute, penny whistle, tuba & vocals) and Dick Bolt (fiddle, Irish harp, guitar & vocals), they specialize in traditional Celtic instrumental and vocal music. Their arrangements are creative and their shows are entertaining and fun.
~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~
We effusively welcome new Mystery Pickers...if you want to join the fun...just let Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me) know, and ye'll be on board
|Posted on February 12, 2017 at 10:25 AM||comments (0)|
John Dady Joe Dady
TUNES BY THE TRACKS is inbound, for Wed, Feb 22nd, with a couple of our favorites, on board.
Harmonious hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are giddily exuberent to welcome back our great friends and Feature:
~ THE DADY BROTHERS ~
The Dady's music, http://www.dadybros.com/ spans genres and generations of American Folk Roots and Irish Traditional influences. John and Joe are highly skilled players and singers, with a lovely, lilting sound, that's uniquely Dadyesque.
The lads are instrumental wizards, switching effortlessly and seamlessly from guitar, to 4 and 5 and 9 string banjo, pennywhistle, ukulele, fiddle, mandolin, bodhran, harmonica, concertina and the uilleann pipes.
Joe and John are the poster boys, for "itinerant minstrels".
Playing diverse venues from the reaches of Alaska to Ireland from the Caribbean to Nova Scotia, and Brigadoon, The Dadys have performed well over five thousand shows at concert halls, schools, music festivals and night clubs.
The Dadys have hosted 25 guided tours of Ireland, escorting hundreds of folks on the tours of their lives...** Ask about 2017, Trackers **
The Dady Brothers have garnered numerous awards and proclamations celebrating their contributions to community growth and culture, and of course, they're in the running for a TUNES BY THE TRACKS accolade soon.
...well, that's wonderful, but what about, ~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~
This could well be the auspicious night, when you muster up yer courage, and leap into the breach, to perform your favorite song.
We welcome all our musical chums, and we often insist on giving them our musical back-up, at no extry charge.
Wanna play? just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me)...and yer in...
|Posted on January 25, 2017 at 6:20 PM||comments (0)|
TUNES BY THE TRACKS will pull into Clifton Springs library, on Wednesday, Feb 8th.
Your mellifluous hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are delighted to welcome back, a very talented artist, and our good friend, as Feature:
~ DAVE NORTH TRIO ~
Dave, https://www.facebook.com/Dave-North-Trio-96336556062/" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/Dave-North-Trio-96336556062/ who hails from Slough, England (near London) has an amazing repertoire of songs. We Trackers know that his traditional, modern, comic, and just plain obscure songs make any evening with Dave, an entertainment banquet.
Dave will bring along his long-time accomplices, in the Dave North Trio.
Marc Loan plays the bass and the banjo, while Dianne Hershey is a whiz on the fiddle.
Dave himself, by the way, plays the guitar, and together, they make beautiful music.
...and of course, ~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~
we welcome new folks, to try their hands and voices. C'mon ahead, risk-takers...just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me), and we'll instantly whisk you into the rota, as a Mystery Picker.
|Posted on January 9, 2017 at 5:20 PM||comments (0)|
TUNES BY THE TRACKS will be at the Clifton Springs library, on Wednesday,
Your effervescent hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are pleased and thrilled, to welcome our Feature:
~ CHRISTINE LAVIN ~
Christine performs concerts all over the US, Canada, and points beyond (Australia, Germany, Israel), and hosts knitting circles backstage prior to each show.
Her songs of hers have been performed by artists as diverse as Broadway stars Betty Buckley, Sutton Foster, and David Burnham, cabaret divas Andrea Marcovicci. Barbara Brussell, and Colleen McHugh, the college a cappella Dartmouth Decibelles, and The Accidentals, winners of the National Harmony Sweepstakes championship.
Christine has recently added intermission tutorial activities -- namely, teaching audience members how to fold cloth napkins in the Downton Abbey style.
Her book, COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST: A MEM-WHA?? is available in paperback, kindle, iPad, and audio book formats. Just One Angel, her first holiday compilation project, (22 artists, 22 Christmas/Hanukah/Solstice/New Year's songs) became a four-artist west coast tour that hit the road in December of 2011, 2012, and 2013.
AWARDS: Christine received a 2012 NYC Nightlife Award given annually to the best concert and cabaret performers. In November 2011 her book COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST: A MEM-WHA?? won the 43rd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in non-fiction writing about pop music. Christine has also won five ASCAP composer awards, the Backstage Bistro Award for Best NYC Singer/Songwriter Of The Year, The Kate Wolf Memorial Award, and her album Good Thing He Can't Read My Mind won Album Of The Year from the National Association Of Independent Record Distributors.
LATEST PROJECTS: Christine started creating videos for her songs in 2011, and now creates them for other artists (Robyn Landis, John Margolis, Don White, Honor Finnegan, Craig Werth, Grammy-winner Julie Gold, David Ippolito). She has many posted at youtube and vimeo. This one: ROSES FROM THE WRONG MAN won a weekly contest on WNET in NYC and was broadcast on Channel 13 in NYC. Her Mom grew the roses, Christine snapped the photos. Make sure you play it to the very end -- what's at the end no doubt helped this video win.
Christine was the keynote speaker in November 2016 at the annual North East Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA). A written expanded edition of her presentation is available upon request.
...and there's more ~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~ no better time, to suit up, show up, git up, tune up, and share yer best song. Just ask Cathy, Allen, of Jim (moi), and yer in bidness.
|Posted on December 26, 2016 at 11:40 AM||comments (0)|
Jed Curran Loren Barrrigar
TUNES BY THE TRACKS, is on schedule, for our first show, of 2017...and it's destined to be, a dandy!
Indefatiguable hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are delighted to welcome the New Year, with our Feature:
Loren Barrigar, http://www.lorenandmark.com/info has stage presence, and talent, that's in a class by itself. We're accustomed to Loren performing, with his good friend, and acoustic duo partner, Mark Mazengarb, and as we'll see, Loren is equally adept, playing with other musicians.
Loren's guitar is so magnificent, that his terrific vocals, seem like sensory overload, and we're gonna be treated to both, on Jan 4th
...plus...here they come, agin ~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~ will kick off 2017, with zest, and panache...(now is the time...why wait...just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi), and you kin be a Mystery Picker, too)
|Posted on November 29, 2016 at 7:15 AM||comments (0)|
Mary Lester Pat Carey Cathy McGrath
TUNES BY THE TRACKS will be on location for our 8th annual Christmas Concert, on Wednesday, December 21st, in the Auditorium of Wellspring Church, on Teft Avenue. http://www.wellspringchurch.us/
Harmonious holiday hosts, Jim Clare and Allen Hopkins, are pleased, and very proud, to Feature:
~ CUISLE MO CHROI ~
Cathy McGrath, Pat Carey, and Mary Lester, are the three lovely, multi-talented women, of CUISLE MO CHROI, (say Cushla Mo Chree), https://www.facebook.com/CuisleMoChroi3/
They accompany their exquisite vocal harmonies, with a variety of instruments, including guitar, mountain dulcimer, Irish harp, flute, and penny whistle, and bodhran.
The three bring joyous life to Christmas songs and instrumental tunes galore, from America, Ireland, England, France, and Canada.
Cathy, Pat, and Mary will be joined, by a Christmas list of special guests. The incomparable Perry Cleaveland, will supply fiddle and mandolin, Lynn Pilaroscia, fiddle, plus Jim Clare, and Allen Hopkins, on guitar, vocals, and percussion. Wellspring Celtic band will also be a special guest.
Thanks to Wellspring Church for collaborating with Tunes By The Tracks for this special concert!
|Posted on November 7, 2016 at 9:50 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted on October 24, 2016 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
TUNES BY THE TRACKS is headed for a Nov 2nd arrival, at the Clifton Springs library.
Harmonious hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are delighted to welcome back a wonderful musician friend, as Feature:
~ PERRY CLEAVELAND & FRIENDS ~
Perry, https://www.facebook.com/pcleaveland" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/pcleaveland, is a warm, funny, classy gentleman, who personifies musical excellence. A master mandolin player, Perry's bottomless catalog of songs, ranges from Bluegrass, Country, and Folk standards, to original songs, by regional songwriters, like John Cadley.
Perry is equally at home, on the fiddle, or the guitar, and his fine tenor vocals are invariably fan favorites.
We always feel lucky to get Perry for an evening, because that means, that several other great bands, will have to squeak by, without him.
Perry has been a bulwark, of Bristol Mountain Bluegrass, Rebecca Colleen & the Chorelads, The Cadleys, and Meyer & McGuire, and he is the go-to guy, for regional musicians, when they need the absolute best, in the studio, or in live performance.
...and the icing on the cake...The MYSTERY PICKERS...we are always treated to great songs, by our Mystery Pickers, and we invite you...yes, you!...to git up, tune up, and play us a song. Just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi), and yer in bidness.